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Thursday, Apr 24, 2014


Clockwork Empires Early Access Delayed

Apparently development of Clockwork Empires may not be going exactly like clockwork, as Gaslamp Games announces a "scheduling change" (delay) to early access for their upcoming steampunk/horror city-builder. They apologize to anyone they are disappointing with this news, but explain it's for the long-term good of the game:

We have spent an intense few weeks considering our plans for the next few months, and as a result, we’ve decided to push back early access of Clockwork Empires to the summer. It’s a short delay from our original release window for early access, but a delay nonetheless.

Almost everyone who has played the current version of Clockwork Empires can see the promise of what we want the game to be when it’s done. The message that we keep hearing is “don’t force this game out the door until it’s ready, because it will be really special when it is”, and we want it to be there when you play it. In the spirit of transparency, starting early access this spring would not allow us to give you that – close, but not quite hitting the mark yet.

In the meantime, recruitment of pre-alpha testers continues apace. We’re sorting out some compatibility issues with graphics cards, spending time figuring out which UI decisions are correct and which need work, and generally putting in more content to flesh out the game.

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Op Ed

The Armchair Empire Infinite - And The Score

The Armchair Empire Infinite - And The Score Is...
Back in the magazine days, Computer Gaming World dropped review scores for a handful of issues, and the kickback was incredible. Not since the infamous "Canadian Corner" did the CGW offices receive so many profanity-laced Letters to the Editor. Scores returned. Numerical shorthand had trumped 500-word reviews. It was the number people wanted more than anything meaningful. The something out of something.

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Out of the Blue

We ended up making a chicken over the weekend, so last night I grilled the lamb chops that I had planned. These came out so perfectly I am afraid to even try them again... I just want to pull a Costanza and just thank everyone and leave on a high note. Cheers!

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Play: StealthBound.
Go Home Block 2.
Soccer Heads La Liga.
Links: George R.R. Martin: The Rolling Stone Interview. Thanks nin.
World's Fair: Isaac Asimov's predictions 50 years on.
Stories: Led Zeppelin is back with 'Whole Lotta' unreleased tunes. Been a long time.
Pentagon unveils life-size 'Atlas' rescue robot.
Science: Habitable exoplanets are bad news for humanity.
New York City Flood Risk Has Risen 20-Fold Since Late 1800s, Study Says.
Potential for human superbugs in cow dung.
Media: Combine Harvester Demolition Derby. Thanks The Flying Penguin.
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Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014

The Old Republic Galactic Strongholds Delayed

A new developer blog announces a delay for the Galactic Strongholds expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic, saying Early Access for subscribers will now commence on August 19th, after previously being scheduled for June 24th. Word is the expansion for BioWare's MMORPG wasn't feeling expansive enough: "When playing early builds of Galactic Strongholds it became that clear that our June Early Access date was simply not enough. For this to truly feel like an expansion, it needs to include the full set of features, including those originally coming later in the year." They offer a full outline of planned changes and a new schedule for how this will all roll out.

Watch Dogs Multiplayer Video

This new trailer from Watch Dogs offers an eight-minute walkthrough showing multiplayer play in in the upcoming open-world action game, and how this plays into the single-player game. Word is: "Check out Watch Dogs’ groundbreaking multiplayer modes where everything and everyone is connected. Learn how Watch Dogs is blurring the line between single and multiplayer, and get a glimpse into three distinct and exciting modes including Online Hacking Contracts, ctOS – Mobile Companion App, and Competitive Decryption Combat." Continue here to read the full story.

WildStar Devs on Warplots

A new video from WildStar offers a "DevSpeak" explaining Warplots, and the role they play in Carbine Studio's upcoming MMORPG. They explain: "Warplots are massive, strategic, 40v40 battles and accessible to all players once they hit level cap. This latest DevSpeak educates players on all the intricacies of Warplots and what they will be bringing to the elder game of WildStar." Continue here to read the full story.

Project CARS Trailer

An Ultimate Driver Journey trailer offers a new look at Project CARS, the upcoming motorsport game from World of Mass Development. Here's the description:

Project CARS is the most authentic, beautiful, intense, and technically-advanced racing game on the planet.

Create a driver, pick from a variety of motorsports, and shift into high gear to chase a number of Historic Goals and enter the Hall Of Fame. Then test your skills online either in competitive fully-loaded race weekends, leaderboard-based time challenges, or continually-updated community events.

Featuring world-class graphics and handling, a ground-breaking dynamic time of day & weather system, and deep tuning & pit stop functionality, Project CARS leaves the competition behind in the dust.

Project CARS will be coming to the Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC, Steam OS & WiiU starting November 2014.

Continue here to read the full story.

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On Sale

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Op Ed

Polygon - Playing with privilege: the invisible benefits of gaming while male.
One particularly astounding theme I’ve noticed running through online discussions surrounding these incidents has been a consistent denial that there is any real problem with the way women are treated in gaming. Despite the abundance of evidence, I’ve seen many of my fellow male gamers, in comment thread after comment thread, dismiss the issue as "no big deal" and insist that everyone is essentially treated the same.

Gamer Horizon - I hate Hearthstone and I can't stop playing it.

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Into the Black

Free Red Orchestra 2 Promotion

Tripwire Interactive is offering Red Orchestra 2 free on Steam for the next 24 hours, with access to the World War II shooter being permanent for all who take advantage during the promotion. Word is: "Today, Tripwire Interactive is pleased to announce a special fan promotion in which users can download Red Orchestra 2, PC Gamer's 2011 First-Person Shooter Game of the Year (Multiplayer) on Steam free of charge for a 24 hour period! And, so long as you install it during that 24 hour period, it is free to keep. Permanently!"

Kick Ass 2 Next Month

Publisher UIG Entertainment and developer Freedom Factory Studios announce that Kick Ass 2 is coming next month to PCs and consoles as a tie-in with the movie sequel of the same name. This teaser trailer offers a quick look at the premise, and here's a description:

Freedom Factory Studios and UIG Entertainment are excited to announce the final release date for the fantastic action adventure/beat’em up game KICK-ASS 2 for PC and console - the official game of the hit movie KICK ASS 2 will be released in May 2014.

Three years after the success of “KICK ASS”, the second installment of the successful comic adventure movie hits cinemas across the world and features returning cast members Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass) and Chloe Grace Moretz (Hit-Girl), along with Hollywood star Jim Carrey (Colonel Stars and Stripes).

KICK-ASS 2 the game is a classic beat-em-up featuring brutal finishing moves and animations straight from the movie and comic-book. Play with the main character of the movie and take on arch-nemesis, “The Motherf*cker”!

Continue here to read the full story.

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  • Call of Duty 2014 on OXM. Game will include soldiers, pores.

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Out of the Blue

Man is it hard to be a Knicks fan... I admit that if I ostensibly owned a sports team, I would probably meddle in personnel decisions, but at a certain point I would have to back off if that turned out badly. But the Knicks' James Dolan can't help himself in spite of perpetually being part of the problem rather than the solution (they're like the Cowboys of basketball). For the record, the Knicks have won a single playoff series in the past 14 years, and their last championship is now over 40 years ago... if I were Dolan, I'd just let Phil Jackson do the job he was hired to do.

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Play: Puzzle Legends.
Atomic Creep Spawner Games.
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Link: Buy one quadrillion Zimbabwe dollars for US$121.95. My million seems paltry now.
Science: A Map of Every Nuke-Scale Asteroid Strike From the Last Decade.
Laser Triggers Electrical Activity In Thunderstorm For The First Time.
Media: Signs Your Friend Is A Film Nerd.
T's big skydive. Thanks nin.
Follow-up: This Is How Your Plastic Bag Ends Up In Massive Ocean Garbage Patches.
Labeling obesity as a disease may have psychological costs.



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